Post by Auburn on Mar 26, 2016 15:54:47 GMT -5
A bit ago I briefly mentioned in this article, that the art of reading nature via appearance has been attempted in the past. In a different thread, I mentioned how CT was almost approximated at by Filatova, but in this thread I would like to talk about type as explored by the Chinese several thousand years ago.
Mien Shiang literally translates to "face reading". Although it is pretty much a physiognomy, and most of what I've seen of it appears to be quite off-the-mark, it does have a few elements that hold parallels to CT.
Beginning with the official online resource: www.mienshiang.com:
Reading this, I was impressed by how these signals are connected (albeit, in a far more stereotypical fashion). If I'm allowed, for a moment, to indulge in these stereotypes for the sake of communicating what I think is being said here (no offense meant to any types)...
- A well groomed man having narrow, mean eyes: Persona-Sensitive Se-Ni user?
- An employer with a tight, thin mouth: high-Te type?
...then the connection was made by Mien Shiang that narrow eyes (Ni-Se) and concern for appearance have a link. It also suggests that narrow eyes have an association to "meanness". Next, it suggests that employers who have essentially a Te mouth (tight, thin mouth) are tough/harsh.
Then, from a different website, I also found this curious diagram:
The top-right image elaborates on what these "narrow eyes" (Ni?) are about. It labels it as associated with being "snobbish" and "arrogant". In contrast, the bottom-right image elaborates on "big round eyes" (Ne?) being related to expressiveness, an easygoing character, and easy communication.
Now, these two cases above are intermixed with a whole lot of other ones which I don't think make as much sense, such as discerning nature via the shape of the face:
Or assigning different parts of the face to different organs in the body:
It appears like Mien Shiang was drawing some connections with hints of truth, but were perhaps far too literal in how they went about determining a person's psychology. Still, I find it an interesting case study of a previous attempt to approximate human nature.
Mien Shiang for assessing Morality?:
As it was first conceived as a system for identifying a person's "moral character", among other things, I think these signals are being connected to the presence or absence of certain virtues. It appears to me highly moralizing, with Ni-Se falling on the negative side of things, as well as Te. Inversely, Ne-Si signals and Fe signals are praised as good virtues to look for in people's faces. Obviously, this is not really the case, as we discover in CT.